Required Graduate Coursework

List of Required Classes

Course Descriptions

Credit Requirements

Year 1 - Course Distribution

Year 2 - Course Distribution

All Subsequent Quarters/Years

Non-ATM S Recommended Classes



REQUIRED CLASSES

The required classes for all entering graduate students are:

ATM S 501 (5) Fundamentals of Physical Meteorology. (A)
ATM S 502 (3) Introduction to Synoptic Meteorology. (A)
ATM S 532 (3) Atmospheric Radiation: Introductory (W)
ATM S 535 (3) Cloud Physics (Sp)
ATM S 558 (3) Atmospheric Chemistry (Sp)

and either of the following sequences

ATM S 505 (4) Introduction to Fluid Dynamics. (A)
ATM S 509 (4) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (W)
ATM S 542 (3) Synoptic and Mesoscale Dynamics(Sp)

or

ATM S 503 (3) Atmospheric Motions I (A)
ATM S 504 (5) Atmospheric Motions II (W)

The two-course dynamics sequence is intended for those whose research specialty will be well outside the realm of dynamic meteorology. Most students are encouraged to take the three-course sequence in dynamics. The total units for these required courses is 25 or 28.

A grade of 2.7 or higher is required in each course used to satisfy degree requirements with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 required to graduate.

 

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CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

M.S. Degree

Master's students need a minimum of 36 credits to graduate, which must include:

  • 27 graded course credits (excludes seminars & colloquia):
  • 9 credits (minimum) ATM S 700 Masters Thesis
  • Quarterly seminar and colloquia

*Students intending to pursue a Ph.D should take all required courses.

UW Graduate School Master's Degree Policies

 

PhD Degree

PhD students need a minimum of 90 credits to graduate, which must include:

  • 36 graded course credits (excludes seminars & colloquia):
    • 25-28 credits in ATM S core courses (total credits depend on choice of dynamics sequence)
    • at least 8-11 credits in ATM S 5XX electives in student's area of interest (total credits depend on choice of dynamics sequence)
    • at least 6 credits in related coursework outside of the department
  • 27 credits (minimum) ATM S 800 Doctoral Dissertation
  • Quarterly seminar and colloquia

UW Graduate School PhD Degree Policies

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FIRST TWO YEARS
The required courses are distributed over a student’s first two years as follows:

 


YEAR 1

AUTUMN QUARTER YEAR 1 (18 credits total):

  1. ATM S 501 Intro to Atmospheric Physics & Chem (5 cr)
  2. ATM S 505 Fluid Dynamics (4 cr)
    (or ATM S 503 Atmos Motions I (3 cr))
  3. ATM S 520 Atmos Sci Colloquium (1 cr)
  4. One of the following seminars:
    ATM S 521 Seminar-Atmos & Climate Dynamics (1 cr)
    ATM S 523 Seminar-Atmos Physics & Chem (1 cr)
  5. One Applied Math course from recommended list (see your adviser or the GPC for assistance in selecting a course)
  6. ATM S 600 Independent Study/Research (Cr vary; up to 10 credits, to bring total quarter credits to 18 - contact Student Services for a faculty code.)

WINTER QUARTER YEAR 1 (18 credits total):

  1. ATM S 532 Atmospheric Radiation: Introductory (3 cr)
  2. ATM S 509 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (4 cr)
    (or ATM S 504 Atmos Motions II (3 cr))
  3. ATM S 520 Atmos Sci Colloquium (1 cr)
  4. ATM S 558 Atmospheric Chemistry (3 cr)
  5. One of the following seminars:
    ATM S 521 Seminar-Atmos & Climate Dynamics (1 cr)
    ATM S 523 Seminar-Atmos Physics & Chem (1 cr)
  6. ATM S 600 Independent Study/Research (Cr vary; up to 10 credits, to bring total quarter credits to 18 - contact Student Services for a faculty code.)
  7. Optional Elective: One ATM S or Non-ATM S elective, to satisfy credit requirements

SPRING QUARTER YEAR 1 (18 credits total):

  1. For those who took ATM S 503, 504:
    ATM S 535 Cloud Physics (3 cr)
    ATM S 502 Intro to Synoptic Meteorology (3 cr)
  2. For those who took ATM S 505, 509:
    ATM S 542 Synoptic & Mesoscale Dynamics (3)
    And one of*:
    ATM S 535 Cloud Physics (3 cr)
    ATM S 502 Intro to Synoptic Meteorology (3 cr)
  3. ATM S 520 Atmos Sci Colloquium (1 cr)
  4. One of the following seminars:
    ATM S 521 Seminar-Atmos & Climate Dynamics (1 cr)
    ATM S 523 Seminar-Atmos Physics & Chem (1 cr)
  5. ATM S 600 Independent Study/Research (Cr vary; up to 10 credits, to bring total quarter credits to 18 - contact Student Services for a faculty code.)
  6. Optional Elective: One ATM S or Non-ATM S elective, to satisfy credit requirements.
    *NOTE: Students interested in numerical modeling should take ATM S 581 (Numerical Analysis for Time Dependent Problems) as an elective in the spring of their first year and take either 535 or 558 in the spring quarter of their second year.

SUMMER QUARTER YEAR 1:

  1. ATM S 700 Masters Thesis (2 cr - contact Student Services for a faculty code.)

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YEAR 2

AUTUMN QUARTER YEAR 2 (total credits not to exceed 18):

  1. ATM S 700 Masters Thesis (10 cr)
  2. ATM S 520 Atmos Sci Colloquium (1 cr)
  3. One of the following seminars:
    ATM S 521 Seminar-Atmos & Climate Dynamics (1 cr)
    ATM S 523 Seminar-Atmos Physics & Chem (1 cr)
  4. Optional Elective: One ATM S or Non-ATM S elective, to satisfy credit requirements

WINTER QUARTER YEAR 2 (total credits not to exceed 18):

  1. ATM S 700 Masters Thesis (10 cr)
  2. ATM S 520 Atmos Sci Colloquium (1 cr)
  3. One of the following seminars:
    ATM S 521 Seminar-Atmos & Climate Dynamics (1 cr)
    ATM S 523 Seminar-Atmos Physics & Chem (1 cr)
  4. Optional Elective: One ATM S or Non-ATM S elective, to satisfy credit requirements

SPRING QUARTER YEAR 2 (total credits not to exceed 18):

  1. ATM S 700 Masters Thesis (10 cr)
  2. ATM S 520 Atmos Sci Colloquium (1 cr)
  3. One of the following seminars:
    ATM S 521 Seminar-Atmos & Climate Dynamics (1 cr)
    ATM S 523 Seminar-Atmos Physics & Chem (1 cr)
  4. Optional Elective: One ATM S or Non-ATM S elective, to satisfy credit requirements

SUMMER QUARTER YEAR 2:

  1. ATM S 700 Masters Thesis (2 cr)

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ALL SUBSEQUENT QUARTERS/YEARS

In general, students who have completed all required core coursework should register for the following (at minimum) each quarter:

AUTUMN/WINTER/SPRING:

  1. ATM S 700 Masters Thesis (10 cr)
    or
    ATM S 800 Doctoral Dissertation (10 cr; post-COGS students only)
  2. ATM S 520 Atmos Sci Colloquium (1 cr)
  3. One of the following seminars:
    ATM S 521 Seminar-Atmos & Climate Dynamics (1 cr)
    ATM S 523 Seminar-Atmos Physics & Chem (1 cr)
  4. Optional Elective: One ATM S or Non-ATM S elective, to satisfy credit requirements

SUMMER:

  1. ATM S 700 Masters Thesis (2 cr)
    or
    ATM S 800 Doctoral Dissertation (2 cr; post-COGS students only)


Recommended AMATH courses for the first quarter of study:

AMATH 501 Vector Calculus and Complex Variables (5 cr) For students who have not yet taken vector analysis

AMATH 581 Scientific Computing (5 cr) For students who have had vector analysis

Other recommended AMATH courses:

AMATH 501 Vector Calculus and Complex Variables (5)

AMATH 503 Methods for Partial Differential Equations (5)

AMATH 581 Scientific Computing (5)

AMATH 583 High-Performance Scientific Computing (5)

AMATH 584 Applied Linear Algebra and Introductory Numerical Analysis (5)

There are many other courses in AMATH and other departments that may satisfy non-ATM S elective requirements - check with faculty adviser, GPC or Student Services Coordinator to confirm.

 

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